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Friday The 13th
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Reviewed on 2009-02-13
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
We all know that cryptic sound of the machete wielding maniac only known as Jason Voorhees. In the latest ďFriday the 13thĒ Jason is back and he still has his eye out for blood. After 10 sequels we see Jason slashing has not slowed down at all. Although not an exact remake the film is pretty close when it backdates to the original to make sure viewers are caught up on Jasonís background. After a quick recap we flash forward twenty years to the present date. Five friends have traveled to Crystal Lake in search of an abundance amount of weed rumored to be around the lake. Entering Jasonís domain becomes a deadly mistake for all.

One of the unfortunate victims of Jasonís wrath is Whitney Miller (Amanda Righetti), whoís brother Clay (Jared Padalecki) is searching for her after she failed to come to their motherís funeral. While searching he runs into a group of College kids visiting Crystal Lake for the weekend. The group is taking lodge with rich kid Trent (Travis Van Winkle) at his immaculate cabin. Following an all day search Clay ends up at Trentís who is unwilling to help him in his search, this is not so for his girlfriend Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) who takes off with the stranger.

Meanwhile Jenna and Trentís friends are quickly being murdered by Jason. As they are picked off one by one the bodies are being stored at his camp. When Jenna and Clay wind up at this camp they see Jason arrive with the body of his new victim. As the terror sets in they take off to warn the others. Will their warning be taken seriously and does anyone have a chance at escaping Jasonís revenge without falling victim to his rage?

This ďFriday the 13thĒ adapts ideas from the original and tries to improve them, however I felt as if they dumbed it up a bit too much. The sleeping bag scene was a version which was improved on and more outlandish. Everything in the film was predictable; I was not scared when Jason popped up because I knew he was coming. The audience loves to be scared, just as much as we love to laugh at the humorous murders, but what you see is borderline insulting because it is so unoriginal and predictable. I am sure, as I can tell from responses to my negative rating; the true horror and Jason fans will irregardless have high hopes and will most likely feel they have been met by this latest edition. Often remakes are a disappointment to say the least, and this one is no exception. This Valentineís Day profit attempt has failed in my eyes, but I am sure someone will rave about the bloody killings and topless water skiing.

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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